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Preview — Bitterleaf by Candace Camp. Bitterleaf by Candace Camp Goodreads Author. Then she met the regal blue gaze of bifterleaf golden-haired slave upon the auction block, and with one burning look he branded her as the victim of his desire and revenge. Tall, sapphire-eyed Jeremy Devlin was no simple servant.
He was a nobleman’s bittterleaf betrayed into bondage, unhumbled by the lash, who treated Meredith and every woman as his bitterleaaf. Again and again, she would be shamed by her own secret desires.
Then they were secret no longer Mass Market Paperbackpages. Meredith WhitneyJeremy Devlin. Charleston, South CarolinaUnited States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bitterleafplease sign up.
Lists with Bitterlef Book. Fans of Marriage of Convenience Romance. This is my favorite antebellum-set historical romance hands down. It’s safe to say I don’t like this time period, and typically I try to avoid it. But this book sounded too interesting to turn down. It was worth the read.
I love a good marriage cansace convenience story, and this is one of my favorites. In some ways, it reminded me a little of Dark Torment cap Karen Robards, which has long been a favorite of mine, in that the heroine bihterleaf a plain Jane spinster, and the hero is more or less an indentured This is my favorite antebellum-set historical romance hands down. In some ways, it reminded me a little of Dark Torment by Karen Robards, which has long been a favorite of mine, in that the heroine is a plain Jane spinster, and the hero is more or less an candaace servant that stepfather buys off the auction block.
Other than that, it goes in a different direction than Dark Canddace. In this case, they marry almost immediately, at the behest of her stepfather.
This is a book about strangers becoming spouses, lovers, and friends. I was pleasantly surprised at the passion in this book. Meredith thinks herself unattractive, but it is clear that Jeremy feels a passion for her, although he doesn’t want to be married to her or love her. However, they make the best of their situation.
I liked the way this book dealt with the slavery issue. Meredith family owned slaves, and she wasn’t particularly happy about it. When Jeremy takes over running the plantation, his goal is to free all the slaves.
He has some opposition from people in the community, but he is determined and comes up with a workable solution to the slavery issue. What I loved about this book was the passion and the love between Meredith and Jeremy.
Bitterleaf by Candace Camp
It wasn’t expected, but it was powerful, and it changed their lives and united them much deeper than their marriage of convenience did. Each scene between them showed the current of intense feeling running between them, even long before they actually consummated their marriage. Meredith and Jeremy were characters I liked and admired, and wished well for. Even after this book ended, I could imagine them having a good life together, raising their family, and running their plantation with honor, and not on the backs of enslaved labor.
This was a sure keeper for me. Unfortunately I read it from the library. But I hope to find my own copy someday. View all 19 comments. Jun 10, Karla rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I know some readers have certain tropes they avoid no matter what, and I used to think that I would never, ever like the “chick in pants” device.
That is, until I read a couple romances where it didn’t annoy me at all. So I decided not to avoid a certain trope simply because of what it is because, you know, there might be an author who will do it justice and you will be glad you kept the faith. I don’t think I will ever, ever pick up another romance where the heroine is a spinster. Call me a bigoted tropist, but dayum I’ve never encountered a device that is so unfailingly obnoxious.
It sucks all the air out of a book when so much of it is focused on a character’s plain looks or lack of social skills. Meredith was one of the biggest, whiny self-deprecators this social hermit has ever had the displeasure to read. For the entire last half of the book, with each and every instance of Meredith being a complete and utter dolt, I thought, “Oh gee, could she get any stupider?
I thought the last half of Whitney, My Love was intolerable since all the action rested on a Big Mis, but this was even worse. There was nothing in this story that didn’t count on a misunderstanding to make it blossom, from Jeremy’s lineage all the way to Meredith’s cousin’s aka Galen assumption about how she felt about Jeremy. From beginning hitterleaf end. No talking to each other. No believing each other even if they did talk.
An amazing ability to avoid the simmering topics even in the heat of anger, even though impulsive speech often was used to worsen the misunderstanding. It was so contrived and idiotic. They never failed to see what wasn’t there, but were totally blind to what was in front of them. I still gave this 2 stars because I liked some of the historical details about the plantation daily life.
However, that got to be way too infodumpy and I ended up skimming anything that looked like minutae of house husbandry and adjectives galore about clothing. Biterleaf of those were block paragraphs of soporific doom.
Far, far too much of the story was the Big Mis and filler. Easily more than bktterleaf, but I’m inclined to say three-quarters at least. Another aspect of the story that, while not annoying, was hard to swallow was Jeremy’s decision to manumit all slaves on Meredith’s plantation, pay wages, and still bityerleaf a tidy profit in South Carolina.
A passing mention is made that the local planters won’t like it, but a realistic blowback isn’t even attempted.
So the whole thing ends up reading like some magic unicorn pooped fairy dust in the midst of a story that otherwise had been pretty low-key and realistic when it came to the workaday life of a colonial plantation. So bitterlfaf safe to say that I’ll be avoiding any spinster heroine novels longer than a Harlequin.
I’ll probably end up reading another and regretting it, but there’s a tenacious little spark that wants to keep hope alive. View all 18 comments. Mar 12, Lyuda rated it it was ok Shelves: Glad the author moved on to write much better stories.
View all 4 comments. Fans of marriage of convenience. But this book sounded to interesting to turn down. In some ways, it reminded me a little of Dark Torment by Karen Robards, which has long been a favorite of mine, in that the heroine is a plain Jane spinster, and the hero is more or less an indentured s This is my favorite antebellum-set historical romance hands down.
In some ways, it reminded me a little of Dark Torment by Karen Robards, which has long been a favorite of mine, in that the heroine is a plain Jane spinster, and the hero is more or less an indentured servant that her stepfather buys off the auction block.
Meredith and Jeremy where characters I liked and admired, and wished well for. View all 3 comments. May 20, Crista rated it really liked it Shelves: The setting of this story is during the colonial days on a plantation Bitterleaf in the south. This was during the time of slavery in America and I have never read a romance that set in this time period.
I was pleasantly surprised. This is the story of an illegitimate English lord who becomes an indentured servant in America. He is sold to a rich landowner to work and is quickly “moved up the ranks”. The landowner has a daughter whom is described as “plain, unattractive, and mousy”. The first The setting of this story is during the colonial days on a plantation Bitterleaf in the south. The first half of this book is just alright.
The second half after Jeremy and Meredith are married gets much better so hang in there! There were a few things that kept this book from being a 5 star read for me. Meredith’s lack of looks and how many references there are to this fact really was bothersome to me. Even Jeremy, the love of her life, finds her unattractive and plain but still desires her.
Isn’t beauty in the eye of the beholder.
I guess I just like romances where the heroine is seen as beautiful, if by no one else